|Norwegian Getaway is one of several ships for which Norwegian Cruise Line has adapted itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Erika. // Photo by Susan J. Young|
As Tropical Storm Erika moves across the Caribbean, the U.S. mainland is potentially going to be impacted -- most likely a landfall in Florida at Hurricane 1 status -- by Monday night and Tuesday morning. Cruise lines are monitoring the situation carefully and making adjustments in schedules.
Since most ships depart Florida prior to Monday, cruise lines should typically be able to adapt itineraries from an eastern Caribbean to a more western track into the Gulf of Mexico or the western Caribbean.
Norwegian Cruise Line says it will adjust itineraries for Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Sky as follows:
- Norwegian Getaway’s itinerary for the August 29 sailing from Miami will now call in Cozumel, Mexico on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Nassau, Bahamas, on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Norwegian Gem’s itinerary for her sailing departing on August 29 will call on the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda, arriving on Monday at 8 a.m. and remaining until Wednesday at 5 p.m.
- Norwegian Sky, the cruise line's short cruise product, will depart August 28, from Miami as normal, but now call in Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Key West, FL, on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Stay tuned to www.travelagentcentral.com for other updates if additional cruise lines adjust schedules.